The soundtrack to the ‘blaxploitation’ movie Superfly stayed in the U.S. album charts for almost a year, topping it for four weeks in 1972 and earning Curtis a gold disc. Two singles taken from the album, the title song and the million-selling ‘Freddie’s Dead’, both went Top 10. These two songs, along with the stark and sinister ‘Pusherman’, worked brilliantly in the context of the film, delivering a potent anti-drugs message.
The deluxe 2LP reissue presents the original soundtrack album together with a bonus disc of demos, alternate versions, a track which did not appear on the original album, two anti-drugs radio spots, labelmates The Natural Four’s version of ‘Eddie You Should Know Better’ and an excerpt from a 1996 interview with Mayfield discussing the film’s impact and legacy. It also includes material recorded for but not included in the original motion picture soundtrack.
1. Little Child Runnin’ Wild
3. Freddie’s Dead
4. Junkie Chase [instrumental] 5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
1. Eddie You Should Know Better
2. No Thing On Me (Cocaine On Me)
3. Think [instrumental] 4. Superfly
5. Ghetto Child [demo 1971] 6. Militant March [from the film score] 7. Radio Spot #1
1. Pusherman [alternate mix] 2. Freddie’s Dead [instrumental version] 3. Junkie Chase [instrumental full-length version] 4. Eddie You Should Know Better [instrumental version] 5. Eddie You Should Know Better • The Natural Four
1. Superfly [single edit] 2. No Thing On Me (Cocaine On Me) [instrumental version] 3. Freddie’s Dead [single edit] 4. The Underground [demo 1970] 5. Check Out Your Mind [instrumental studio jam] 6. Radio Spot #2